Basic to advance: Model Poses for Female

If you want to pursue your career in modelling you have to learn some basic poses that can shape the look of the image. The right pose at the right time can make all the difference, particularly for fashion or advertising.

BASIC MODEL POSES – FEMALE

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There are rare standard fashion poses.  These are the postures we see in look books, brochures, and online stores.  Although hardly ground-breaking, these are classics that can add style and grace to a collection and are expected by many clients.  Even if you think you are going to extend the shoot beyond these, it is a good idea to be able to get these looks quickly.

These poses are usually simple and relaxed.

You can mix up the poses by turning your body (or your model) in different directions and by looking in different directions

  • Into the lens
  • Over the photographer’s shoulder
  • 45 degrees to the left or right of the camera
  • Up or down
  • Into the key light

SEATED POSES

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There are various postures in seated poses.    A seated pose can be as flexible, if not more so, than a standing pose.

For a successful seated pose, think about:

  • Whether the shot you want should be from below, above or equal height.
  • Direction of knees and feet
  • Be careful of making the shot too crutch-centric.  You can use a hand or leg thrown casually in the foreground to stop this.
  • Is the seat height right for the shot?  If it looks or feels awkward, perhaps a lower or higher seat is required.
  • Ensure that if you’ve previously been doing a standing pose, that the light is brought down to meet the new seated pose.

BEAUTY POSES

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These are some of the most difficult poses to master.  So much rides on expression, perfect angle, perfect lighting and perfect makeup and hair.  In beauty, photography success is all in the details.

Pay attention to:

  • Expression.  Whether it’s neutral, happy or serious, the expression is crucial.
  • Jawlines create much of the shape in a beauty shot.  Use the shadow by pushing the jaw in different directions.
  • Beware of shooting from below as chins and nostrils can become too prominent, depending on face shape.
  • Hands are often a feature of beauty images. Make sure their positioning is appropriate to the feel of the scene.

STEPPING IT UP

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Once you feel you’re at a position in the shoot to take the poses to the next level, try new things.  This can include laughter and new expressions that might have previously been risky.  It can include more interesting poses with more contortion and greater difficulty.

Try:

  • “Popping” a hip, elbow, knee or shoulder into a new direction.  Not all at once.
  • Extend a limb or stretch out
  • Squat, crouch, stand on tiptoes
  • Have a laugh, pull a face or play with your hair.

MOVEMENT

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We’re into higher difficulty area now.  Movement requires great timing by the photographer, the model and the two together.  Movement catches the eye and adds another dimension to a still image.  It may take one shot or it may take many attempts before perfection is achieved.

Be aware of:

  • Fingers tend to do weird things during movement.  Keep them in check.
  • Photographers: there is usually only one suitable split second moment during a movement.  Be ready!

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